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Daniel R. Pavlik

October 26, 1962 — August 30, 2022

Brooklyn Park

Daniel R. Pavlik

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Daniel Richard Pavlik passed away unexpectedly in his home at age 59.  He is survived by his sons, Mitchell Pavlik and Corina (Huntley) of Big Lake, MN; Michael Pavlik and Emily (Huntley) and grandson Lincoln Pavlik and granddaughter Lilah Pavlik, Waverly, MN; and daughter Mikayla (Pavlik) and Justin Sederski (Lino Lakes); Parents, William Pavlik and Margaret (Rassier) Brooklyn Park, MN; and brother Gregory Pavlik and Laura (Durkee), Brooklyn Park, MN.

Dan devoted most of his career within the medical device industry helping create the first implantable heart defibrillator and recently, involved in creating the world’s most durable tissue heart valve in the world.

Dan taught himself to play the guitar beginning at the age of 5.  Wrote some music for his own and family enjoyment and carrying strong, spiritual vigor, participating at his church and playing and singing hymns for his own enjoyment and benefit throughout the rest of his life. He loved music—played his guitars frequently, composed music to express his love for Praise and Worship music and express his deep faith in God. He played and sang at the State Fair amateur contest when young, at various church festivals and belonged to a band in high school called “The Scuz Brothers.”

Dan was selfless in many ways, helping friends and neighbors with home projects and improvements.  His brother, Greg recalls: “Bill, as Greg and Dan’s father, was instrumental in both learning and teaching his boys in the arts of hunting, fishing and the outdoors. That knowledge gained was lovingly passed down by Dan to his children who continue to carry on in that tradition, providing a common bond and legacy that helps glue a family together.” Dan loved his children dearly and taught them knowledge that he could pass on to them and made sure that they were all included in his love for hunting and fishing with many memorable experiences. Dan loved going with his kids to the Game Show in Ramsey. There are many photos in his collection that reflect his care for them and the good times and fun they had together.

It was important to Dan that he teach his children how to do things that would stay with them as they grew older and give them the ability to not be afraid to do things on their own. Dan made fishing rods for Christmas some years ago for members of the family. He purchased the equipment to make them, bought the best rods available, spent hours making them perfect complete with engraving of date made. This gave him great joy and planned to share this knowledge with his children. Dan had several dogs that he was able to train to perform extensive hunting maneuvers. He contributed his talent in woodworking to his children’s participation in theater plays as set design. Many hours spent with his children watching NASCAR races. His children will remember the trips to other states and cities to enjoy family vacations.

He was a good cook and loved sushi. On his travels abroad on business, he took many photos that let you know what he thought was beautiful, interesting or historical. At Easter 2011 he wrote on Facebook, “Long week this week. Quite an awesome day of P & W. The real sound of rain on the roof...good to put you to sleep. Man, I can hardly wait until the first good thunder and lighting. I love watching storms come in.” Dan loved his country and was very patriotic.

Dan’s passing will forever be a loss to those who knew him and will leave a hole in our hearts.

Son, Mike recalls: It is difficult for me to pinpoint a single memory for me. I remember him building tree forts in the yard with us kids, going for rides on snowmobiles, baseball and soccer games and the like. My Dad always had a passion for music and I recall him playing his guitar for us kids when we were little. He had a great love for the outdoors as well. He would take us camping and then boat out to a lake to fish, there must have been hundreds of weekends that I can remember of us going up to the cabin in the summer and for hunting seasons. When we would go out duck hunting, I remember us having to be real quiet as we rowed in the boat over to our hunting spots. I vividly recall sitting on the dock as it was pulled up on shore on a cold fall evening after hunting to watch the northern lights. He was in the stand with me as I shot my first deer, and although most of his time was spent fixing our tangled lines, he was always excited to see us catch fish no matter how big they were. Because he shared his passion for these things, the love of the outdoors has always stuck with me. We had lost touch for a few years as I got older, and after I joined the Marine Corps, I began to see the greater value of life and the people who cared about you. I knew that my father had always cared deeply for us kids and I wanted him to be a part of my life in the future. I will cherish the relationship that I had built with him as an adult. We were able to go fishing together again and sit around a bonfire to talk about experiences that we’ve had, like we had not been able to before when I was a kid. He helped train my first dog, we poured concrete, worked on his home, and picked out deer spots. My wife Emily enjoyed time fishing with us a few times and was able to come pheasant hunting with us in South Dakota. In August of 2021 my son Lincoln was born, I could see the joy that it brought him to be a grandfather and will forever be happy that he was able to be a part of his life. I will miss my father and know that because he shared his passions with me, I will be able to pass those kinds of memories on to my own children.


Mike, Emily, Lincoln, and your new granddaughter Lilah love you and miss you

Gathering of Friends & Visitation:  Friday, September 9th at Gearty-Delmore in Robbinsdale at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Visitation:  10:00 a.m. at St. Gerard Majella Church, 9600 Regent Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Mass of Christian Burial:  11:00 a.m.

Luncheon: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Interment:  St. Vincent DePaul Cemetery, Osseo

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